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by PopMatters Staff

10 May 2010

Legendary singer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne passed away this weekend at 92 after a storied life that greatly enriched American and world culture.

by Jonathan Simrin

7 May 2010

The Killer Inside Me stars Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, a sheriff and murderous sociopath. Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Bill Pulman, and Liam Aiken co-star. Audiences who have seen The Killer Inside Me, based on the novel by Jim Thompson, tend to point to the film’s graphic and horrific nature. Although, you don’t get a huge sense of that from the sleek trailer. The teaser for Winterbottom’s film emphasizes the suggestion or looming threat of violence, with powerful results. The shot of a gloved hand hopelessly outstretched to a foot is haunting in its simple action.

by J.M. Suarez

7 May 2010

Married musicians Josh Ritter and Dawn Landes entertain with a performance of “Southern Pacifica” in their Brooklyn apartment. The song is from Ritter’s new album, So Runs the World Away, just released this week.

by Arnold Pan

7 May 2010

Not sure when summer officially begins, but the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have already kicked off what they’re declaring as “The Summer of Say No to Love” by announcing a new 7” and a short June jaunt of the east coast and south with one of this year’s most hyped newcomers, Surfer Blood. The new single “Say No to Love”, steaming over at Pitchfork, is just what you’d expect from the Brooklyn band, a perfectly sunny, strummy, breathy number that gets you even more in the mood for a vacation. Slumberland releases the single proper on June 8, while the tour begins in Milford, CT on June 3.

Thu June 3, 2010—Milford, CT—Daniel Street
Fri June 4, 2010—Rochester, NY—The German House
Sat June 5, 2010—Buffalo, NY—Tralf 

Sun June 6, 2010—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom 

Tue June 8, 2010—Memphis, TN—Hi Tone Cafe
Wed June 9, 2010—Birmingham, AL—Bottletree Cafe
Thu June 10, 2010—Tallahassee, FL—The Engine Room
Fri June 11, 2010—Orlando, FL—Club at Firestone
Sat June 12, 2010—Miami, FL—Grand Central
Sun June 13, 2010—Jacksonville, FL—Jack Rabbits
Tue June 15, 2010—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle 

Wed June 16, 2010—Washington, DC—Black Cat

All dates with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth

by Sarah Zupko

7 May 2010

Theresa Andersson may be Swedish, but she has Americana deep in her bones. So, it’s fitting that she uprooted herself from Scandinavia and planted her flag deep in New Orleans at age 18 to play her fiddle with Anders Osborne. On “Oh Mary”, a classic black spiritual from the pre-Civil War era that Mike Farris recently virtually claimed as his own in a smokin’ version, Andersson takes a jazzier, but still soulful approach to the tune. She loops her emotive fiddle licks through a synthesizer and does the same thing with her voice towards the end to achieve a choral effect. This clip is from the recent DVD release Theresa Andersson: Live at Le Petit, available at

//Mixed media

Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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